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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with core clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 680, which has GPU core speed of 1006 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 4352 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be just a bit (approximately 19%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20336 (19%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be quite a bit (more or less 125%) faster with regards to AA than the Geforce GTX 680, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40096 (125%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 March 2012
Code Name GP106-300 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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